A judge has banned the DLR strike that was supposed to happen today and tomorrow - and his ruling further tightens the anti-democratic grip that the anti-union laws have on our right to fight back.
Prime minister David Cameron declared in Parliament on 12 January that he was "happy to look at" plans for new anti-strike laws, to come on top of the Thatcher laws which already restrict workers' rights in Britain more than in any other big wealthy country.
“There will be no return to the trade union laws of the 1970s. Laws banning secondary and flying pickets, on secondary action, on ballots before strikes and for union elections – on all the essential elements of the 1980s laws – will stay,” wrote the then Labour Party leader Tony Blair in an article published in the “Daily Mail” in 1997.
John McDonnell MP’s Private Member’s Bill, which would have stopped courts ruling out strike ballots on small technicalities, was defeated in Parliament on 22 October.
John McDonnell MP's Private Member's Bill, which would have stopped courts ruling out strike ballots on small technicalities, was defeated in Parliament on 22 October.
Britain already has the tightest and most worker-hostile trade-union laws in the European Union.
The United Campaign to Repeal the Anti-Trade Union Laws has launched an online lobbying tool to help people persuade their MP to attend the reading of John McDonnell’s Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill.
It's pretty common to be told that class “doesn't exist any more”, that “we're all middle-class now” or that the class struggle is “over.” When workers are on the back foot and our organis
John McDonnell MP presented his Private Members' Bill to parliament on 30 June.
John McDonnell MP won the MPs' ballot this year to gain the right to present a "Private Member's Bill" - a proposal for legislation, given parliamentary time, coming from an individual MP and not the Government.